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3D printing is one of the most fascinating technological advancements of our time. It has everyone from artists to scientists giddy with the limitless possibilities. 3D printers use materials (including resin, plastic and metal) to print 3D objects, ranging between six to 24 inches in height; smaller objects are usually printed separately, and assembled to create larger ones.
As far as architecture is concerned, 3D printing is used primarily to create scale models. This enables architects to achieve geometric accuracy, manipulate dimensions to enhance aesthetics and practicality, and save time in building miniatures that can be used as displays and as a point of reference during the construction phase.